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In the Middle East, a bomb is set off that creates massive earthquakes. Meanwhile in South Korea, a young couple is about to get married and the tension builds when South Korea sends a space shuttle to investigate the bomb site. The earthquake makes its way to South Korea, caused by a giant monster named Yongary (inspired by a mythical creature in Korean lore). Yongary attacks Seoul and makes his way to the oil refineries where he consumes the oil. A child related to the aforementioned couple turns off the refineries' oil basins; Yonggary, enraged, starts attacking until an explosion at the refinery proves to have a chemical effect on it. The Korean Government then uses oil to draw Yonggary to a local river, and kills it with a refined version of the compound.
This movie is part of the collection: Sci-Fi / Horror
Producer: Kim Ki-Duk
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Third Eye Cinema; monster; Kaiju; cult film; 1960's; Sci-Fi /Horror
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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A solid 1967 documentary about a very large Asian reptile, a Yongary. It is bigger than a Komodo dragon even, and I'm surprised I'd never heard of it before now. Although apparently primaeval, it is oddly reminiscent of a man in a rubber suit.
The dramatised opening scenes, showing how Korean scientists and administrators are alerted to the danger posed by the Yongary, are well-scripted and well-acted. The Korean approach to productive scientific endeavour is for the scientists to have their family and friends around them at all times in the lab and mission control rooms - the method seems to pay off, judging by the advanced state of Korean science and space technology in 1967.
The Yongary starts destroying chunks of South Korean real estate, and the silly generals have no better solution than to fire missiles at it. These just amuse the monster, and it seems down to a brilliant young scientist (who looks like Lawrence Harvey) to halt its destructive behaviour. However, it has been wisely said that scientific progress is down to "10% luck, 39% sweat, and 51% a precocious smartass kid with some itching powder".
A word for the bravery of the wildlife cameramen in shooting those amazing reels of the Yongary on the rampage - you really get the idea of its size in these scenes: it certainly makes the buildings, tanks, aeroplanes etc. look like toys. When the Yongary is killed (with itching powder), the Koreans show an enlightened sorrow at the destruction of one of nature's creatures, which after all was presumably wrecking half of South Korea only as part of a perfectly natural territorial display, or mating ritual.
Picture quality and sound are just acceptable, 3 stars, wet Sunday afternoon.
Subject: Not good not bad
Ok movie no brilliant effects but pleasant enough.
Just the kid in the midst so annoying if the monster had eaten him, would have done us a great service. Annoying child also in Gamera, what are the directors thinking about.
All in all a bit of a wet blanket.
Subject: STAR GODZILLA
This is the movie that played in-flight under the title "Star Godzilla" in 1980. They spliced in a title card that read "Star Godzilla" in hand painted Star Wars font.
Subject: Couldn't Watch It
The colors kept changing, and hurt my eyes.
Trent Masterson -
Subject: Not Bad :)
Misguided but fun nonsense from Korea.
Looks cheaper than Godzilla but better than Gamera.
Some interesting Rock N Roll in there too.
Subject: Son of Godzilla
If you liked Godzilla........................